Board of Directors
RMHBDA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose board of directors are dedicated, hard working volunteers who receive no compensation for their time and effort. They pursue best practices of nonprofit governance in their work with RMHBDA.
Van Savage, President, 2017–20
Van Savage was born and raised in the Yellowstone County area of Montana. In 2005, he met and married Christy (who has VWD), through whom he was introduced to the bleeding community. He has since completed an Associate’s degree in Animal Science from Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, and a Bachelors of Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Spanish and Business from Montana State University in Billings. He has an energetic three year old that also has VWD, and their newest addition was born in July 2014. He enjoys camping, fishing, and anything with horses and cattle. Van hopes to be able to help expand the support of the RMHBDA as an educational resource for learning how to care for loved ones, how to navigate the medical offices and providers which do not always understand our unique circumstances.
Andrea Stafford, Vice President, 2018–21
My life was drastically changed when my two-week-old baby had a bleeding incident that lasted four days. We got an official diagnosis a few months later and we were then welcomed into our second family, RMHBDA! I’m on the board of directors to serve the family that has helped me immensely throughout the years.
Jodi Rudell, Secretary, 2019–22
A life-long resident of Wyoming, Jodi enjoys the outdoors and traveling to new places. She is a mother of two beautiful, smart girls and a wife to her wonderful husband Jim. She and their two daughters have Von Willebrand’s Disease and Jim is a non-symptomatic carrier. Since their diagnosis, she has made it her life passion to advocate and help similar families and those yet to be diagnosed. “I am proud to serve this chapter as a member of the advocacy and women’s program committees and welcome any questions or comments for me and/or our chapter.”
Travis Bruyere Treasurer, 2016–19
Travis is a proud graduate of the University of Wyoming with a background in business management. With his wife, Emily, they have four children and have lived in Montana for over a decade. His hobbies include golfing, backpacking, and following all types of sports, both professional and collegiate. As the Vice President of Sales for Avitus Group Companies, he work's directly with a sales force and organizations that want to focus on why they got into business. Although not directly affected by hemophilia, the need for advocacy and awareness regarding the disease in the Rocky Mountain region has been the reason Travis chose to be involved in this organization.
Jessica Amende, 2018–21
Miles City, Montana
I am proud to serve on the board for RMHBDA. As both a parent and a teacher, I am passionate about learning, access to education, and building community. RMHBDA is an organization that strives to provide support and education to affected families living in Montana and Wyoming. As a Wyoming native and a Montana transplant, this organization is a perfect fit for me in so many ways. My husband, Kevin, and I joined the bleeding disorders community in 2001 and are the proud parents of three teenagers. We love adventure — skiing, hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping and feel grateful for access to great care, products, and an amazing community.
Nicohl Fowler, 2019–20
Miles City, Montana
Nicohl is a wife and mother of three children, and the four of them von Willebrands disease. As she shares, “Since moving to Montana, a little over three years ago, RMHBDA welcomed my family and I into the community with open arms. To say it felt like home would be an understatement, and I can’t thank everyone enough for that! We love being a part of this chapter’s wonderful community of people. I want and hope to give as much back to RMHBDA, and the community it serves, as they have given and continue to give to us. I am truly honored to serve on the board of directors!”
Chris Graham, 2017–20
&RMHBDA is a wonderful organization that helped my family significantly when my son was born with hemophilia. I am trained and work in the medical profession and thought that medicine was medicine no matter who I was treating. When my son was born, I quickly found out that all the training in the world does not equip you to handle the daily logistics and concerns a parent faces with a child who has a bleeding disorder. A group such as RMHBDA provides a support system that is invaluable and I am extremely grateful to be a part of it. My entire family is truly enriched because of this association.
Randen Schoppe, 2019–20
Randen Schoppe is new to the hemophilia community. His son, Amos, was born with hemophilia in 2018. Randen has previously served on numerous community boards both in his hometown of Hardin and across Montana. Randen works as a Deputy County Attorney for the Big Horn County Attorney’s Office.